|Related Symbols:||仏 (hotoke: the Buddha), 天 (ten: the heaven)|
|Compound Words:||女神 (megami: godess), 神社 (jinja: shrine)|
Japanese symbol for the God(s). For most religions there is only ONE GOD, but for some reason all the nature elements have their own gods in Shintoism. We do not want to talk about the good and bad or right or wrong in religions. It just means what it means.
ネ + 申 = 神
“ネ”means alter, and “申” means thunder. Putting altogether, it indicates the one who control thunder (weather), as it was the most horrible phenomenon in ancient Japan.
The symbol is in common use although most Japanese are not so religious.
Who to get this symbol for tattoo
If you like it, just have it whatever reason you have. You don’t have to be religious to have it for tattoo.